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07/24/12 07/24/12 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] >> from pacifica, this is "democracy now!" >> our goal is not to be just punitive, but make sure the university establishes an athletic culture and daily mindset in which football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing, and protecting young people. >> penn state is punished. the n.c.a.a. sanctions the college football powerhouse for covering up years of child abuse. we will speak to sportswriter dave zirin about the punishment and what it means for college sports. then to anaheim, california or police are facing allegations of murder and brutality after fatally shooting two latino men in separate incidents over the
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weekend. police used dogs, rubber bullets and tear gas on residents protesting one of the killings. in new york, an update on the police killing of kenneth chamberlain sr. inside his own home rid of the white plains police officer accused of calling chamberlain the n word shortly before he was shot dead has been suspended without pay. >> it is clear the white plains police department and the city as a whole turns a blind eye to these things. if these officers engaged in the same kind of without being able to hide behind a badge and shield, they would be charged with a felony, serious felonies. they would very well be in jail. >> all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!,", the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. aurora shooting suspect james holmes made his first court appearance on monday, days after allegedly killing 12 people and
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wounding dozens more in a shooting rampage at a local movie theater. the district attorney carol chambers of colorado's arapahoe county said prosecutors had yet to decide if they will seek the death penalty. >> the death penalty decision has to be made within 60 days of the arraignment, so it is months down the line still. over the course of those months, we will be talking with all the victims, developing relationships so they know who we are and who they can talk to. that will take some time in this case. >> holmes appeared dazed throughout the proceedings, forcing his court-appointed attorney to answer the judge's questions on his behalf. around 40 relatives of the shooting victims were seated in the courtroom when holmes appeared. but president obama and mitt romney continued to reject calls for stricter gun control laws in the shootings aftermath. on monday, romney said "i still believe the second amendment is
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the right course to preserve and defend and don't believe that new laws will make a difference in this type of tragedy." at least nine people have been killed in a u.s. drone strike in northwest pakistan. pakistani officials say the victims were suspected militants, but the obama administration's policy is to deem all drone targets as militants unless exculpatory evidence emerges after their deaths. bombings and that attacks continued across iraq on monday, bringing the one-day death toll to 116. it was iraq's deadliest day of violence this year. most of the attacks targeted shiite muslims. clashes are reaching the syrian city of aleppo as government troops and rebel forces battle for control. syrian activists say at least eight prisoners were killed overnight when syrian soldiers crushed a protest inside a remote jail. on monday, the syrian government to international rebukes after vowing to use chemical weapons in the event of an attack by
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foreign countries. this is the syrian foreign ministry spokesperson. >> in the talks of unconventional weapons that the syrian possesses would never be used against civilian or against the syrian people during this crisis. at any circumstances, no matter how the crisis would devolve. all of these talks of these weapons the syrian republic possess are monitored and guarded by the syrian army. these weapons are meant to be used only and strictly in the event of external aggression. >> speaking during a campaign trip in nevada, president obama said al-assad would be held accountable were he to use chemical weapons. obama vowed to continue aiding syria's armed rebels. >> we're working for a transition so the syrian people can have a better future, free of the al-assad regime.
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given the stockpiles of chemical weapons, we will continue to make it clear to al-assad and those around him that the world is watching and they will be held accountable by the international community and the united states should limit the tragic mistake of using those weapons. [applause] we will continue to work with our friends and allies and the syrian opposition on behalf of the day when the syrian people have a government that respects their basic rights to live in peace and freedom and dignity. >> president obama's, backing the syrian opposition come amidst new details on u.s. support for syria's rebels. the wall street journal reports the u.s. has worked behind the scenes to block weapons and oil shipments to al-assad's regime from iran and passed intelligence to syrian rebels to the jordanian and turkish governments. drenching rains have swept across china, leaving nearly 100 people dead including 37 in the capital beijing. beijing saw its heaviest rain in six decades over the weekend,
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as floodwaters submerged cars and tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes. some have questioned whether infrastructure that's up by the city's rapid modernization compound the damage. meanwhile, the strongest typhoon to hit hong kong in 13 years has left more than 100 people injured and flooded several areas. the typhoon reached southern china tuesday in the form of a tropical storm, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. some scientists have warned the spate of recent extreme weather events marks a preview of a permanent feature under global warming. if you like to see our coverage on extreme weather and global warming, go to british prosecutors have announced plans to charge eight people over the phone hacking scandal that's engulfed rupert murdoch's news international media empire. the company's news of the world tabloid shut down last year
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following revelations executives and reporters conspired to hack into the phones and intercept the communications of hundreds of people. among those charged are former news international chief executive rebekah brooks, a top aide and close confidante of rupert murdoch. and andy coulson, the former spokesperson of british prime minister david cameron. the international aids conference continued in washington, d.c. monday with a keynote speech by secretary of state clinton. addressing the conference's opening session, clinton touted the obama administration's reversal a 20-year-old ban that prevented people infected with hiv from entering the united states. clinton also said the u.s. seeks to achieve an aids-free generation. >> 5 words we have not been able to say for too long, "welcome to the united states." i have heard a few voices from people raising questions about america's commitment to an
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aids-free generation, wondering whether we are really serious about achieving it. well, i am here today to make it absolutely clear, the united states is committed and will remain committed to achieving an aids-free generation. we will not back off. we will not back down. we will fight for the resources necessary to achieve this historic milestone. >> protests that and held around the aids conference to oppose u.s. policies banning the exclusion of sex workers and a call for increased funding of aids treatment worldwide. in march on the white house is scheduled today to push for a robin hood tax on wall street transactions to find globally its programs. police in lincoln, nebraska say they're investigating a potential anti-lgbtq hate crime in a brutal attack by three masked assailants on a woman in her home. the attackers entered the 33- year-old victim's home early
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sunday morning, tied her, then carved anti-lgbtq slurs into her body with a knife. hateful graffiti was also sprayed on the walls. hours after the attack, hundreds of lincoln residents held a vigil as the woman received treatment in a local hospital for her plans. the attack comes ahead of a public vote in lincoln on a proposal that would ban discrimination in housing and employment based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. the first of eight u.s. soldiers charged in the death of private danny chen is set to face a court-martial today at north carolina's fort bragg. a 19-year-old chinese-american, danny chen allegedly took a sum like to is exactly was deployed to afghanistan last october. his family says he had been abused by comrades and an almost daily basis, including racist hazing, with soldiers throwing rocks at him, calling him ethnic slurs, and forcing him to do pushups or hang upside down this
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mouthful of water. all eight accused soldiers were his superiors in rank. the first soldier to stand trial, sergeant adam michael holcomb, is one of five soldiers whose multiple charges include the most serious offenses of causing chen's death through negligence. a group of family members and supporters are traveling to fort bragg to attend the trial. police in south texas say all 14 people who died in a car crash sunday night were undocumented immigrants from mexico, honduras, and guatemala. the victims were traveling in a pickup truck when it swerved off the road and crashed into two trees. nine people survived. the georgia supreme court has granted a stay of execution to a death row prisoner who unscheduled the died monday night. the supreme court ruled unanimously monday to delay warren hill's execution, pending a decision on whether a new one drug lethal injection process violates state law. he was convicted of murder in 1991 and sentenced to die,
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despite concerns you may be mentally disabled. two judges have ruled he is likely mentally retarded, but has been unable to pass charges strict guidelines requiring proof beyond a reasonable doubt. sally ride, the first team of u.s. astronaut in space has died at the age of 61. she made history as a part of the crew aboard the challenger space flight in 1983. she returned to space for another mission a year later. in a statement announcing a death, her foundation confirms the first time she was a lesbian with a longtime female partner of 27 years. ride's sister said -- those are some of the headlines. this is "democracy now!,", the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the governing body of u.s. college sports monday announced a series of sanctions against penn state university following
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an independent investigation into the widespread coverup of allegations of taught sexual abuse against former assistant coach jerry sandusky. a scathing report on the school's legendary head coach joe paterno who died in january, and other senior school officials, hid the sexual molestation against sandusky 14 years before they finally came to light last year. sandusky was finally arrested last year found guilty of sexually abusing 10 young boys last month. mark emmert, the president of the national collegiate athletic association, announced the punitive measures on monday. >> the ncaa is imposing a fine of $60 million on the university with the funds to be used to establish an endowment to support programs around the nation that serve the victims of child sexual abuse and seek to prevent such abuse from happening. this amount is equivalent of one year's gross revenue of the football team. second, penn state football will
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be banned from bowl games in any other post season play for four years. third, penn state's football team will have its initial scholarships reduced from 25 to 15 per year for four years. >> other sanctions announced by the n.c.a.a. include vacating all wins of the penn state football team from 1998 to 2011 and a five-year probationary period for the university's athletic program. the n.c.a.a. is also reserving the right to initiate a formal investigation and disciplinary procedure and to impose penalties on individuals involved in the case after criminal proceedings have concluded. the n.c.a.a.'s announcement came hours after penn state university removed a now infamous bronze statue of paterno from outside the school's football stadium. in a statement, penn state said --
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to talk more about the case and the sanctions against penn state university, we go to washington, d.c. to speak with dave zirin, sports columnist for "the nation >> magazine and host of "edge of sports radio." he is the author of several books including, "bad sports: how owners are ruining the games we love." he must recently assisted john carlos in writing his memoir, "the john carlos story: the sports moment that changed the world." dave zirin, welcome back to "democracy now!" talk about the significance of these n.c.a.a. sanctions and what it means that the n.c.a.a. did not give penn state with the sports world is calling the death penalty. >> the significance is that it is absolutely unprecedented. it is unprecedented in a way i think should be very frightening for "democracy now!" listeners. i think one of the things that will allow people to understand,
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think about naomi klein's book "the shock doctrine." there is no book but enough, no punishment to break that we would like to see these will suffer. yet that is why we have civil and criminal courts. with the n.c.a.a. did is something that never done in history, which is involved themselves in a criminal manner and punish a school unilaterally for the purposes of their own grand rehabilitation. if you look at what resulted from the n.c.a.a. doing yesterday, with a really did is removed scholarships from people who work for years old when jerry sandusky retired. they hurt dozens of young students who had nothing to do with this whatsoever. they ignore the role of the board of trustees, including a sitting governor tom corbett and the role they may have played in the state of pennsylvania and covering of sandusky's crimes for the purposes of protecting penn state football. they intervened in a criminal and civil case for the first
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time, and somehow we are supposed to think this is ok. the n.c.a.a., which is a private, nonprofit institution, reached into a public campus and removed $60 million from its budget. to me that is a precedent which should, i think, set our teeth on edge. this is a subject you have covered on "democracy now!", but it is this idea of private, unaccountable sources like the n.c.a.a. in this case acting without oversight and with the kind of heavy hand that precludes any semblance the democratic oversight. >> let us go through the sanctions. each one, what they are, especially for people who are not sports fans, who do not understand what each of these sanctions are. >> absolutely. the sanctions are extreme. the first one, the $60 million i already described, that means sports across the campus that are not revenue-producing sports
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like the women's sports program at penn state university, that will not get the funding it needs. it means a lot of people will have to leave penn state in the next year and try to find scholarships elsewhere, which if they get them, will deprive people of other campuses of athletic scholarships. the other sanction is the vacating of all the wins the football team completed. these just did not happen but it is bizarre. there stricken these from the record book. it further punctures the legend of late joe paterno. he no longer is the winningest coach in n.c.a.a. history. with a snap of their fingers, he is the 12th winningest coach. as one of the players tweeted, a player who has a metal plate in his neck, he said, "and guess this metal plate doesn't exist
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in my neck, either, because the game i was and where i got it just never happened." the biggest blow that takes place is, i think, the blow to the basic idea that a public university can have its own process to deal with these matters in the civil and criminal courts are the primary force that deals with criminal matters as they take place. that is really was punctured yesterday by the n.c.a.a.. what this does, unfortunately, it ensures more scandals in the future. i would argue it is the very set up of the n.c.a.a., the setup of a multibillion-dollar entity that builds its money on the idea of turning coaches into days, turning football programs in to too big to fill operations, turning players into basic and paid campus workers as opposed to student athletes, that is the root of the problem. >> at a news conference monday, the n.c.a.a. president mark
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emmert said the steps were in line with the mandate of the organization. >> our constitution and bylaws make it perfectly clear that the association exists not simply to promote fair play on the field, but to insist that athletic programs provide positive moral models for our students, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote the values of civility, honesty, and responsibility. the sanctions we are imposing are based upon these most fundamental principles of the n.c.a.a.. with your response? >> if this whole case was not so tragic, i would be laughing too hard to respond to what mark emmert just said. the n.c.a.a. -- n.c.a.a. was started by teddy roosevelt, because too many people were dying on the field. it was to create uniform code of conduct for collegiate sports. it has morphed into this
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operation where they negotiate $10.8 billion television deals, so the likenesses of players to video games, or sell the likenesses of players on credit cards for wealthy boosters. this is what the n.c.a.a. has become. for too many colleges under the auspices of the n.c.a.a. has become the place where the games exist on saturday and that is what the school is from a life- support system for these football games. monday through friday is, you just take classes to wait for the next. this was talked about a century ago, how it perverts the college campuses. the 1 plus $6 million a seller of mark emmert, and the vice president each make $400,000 a year, it is all built on the idea of football program is becoming too big to fail. that is why i would argue what they did yesterday was much more about the n.c.a.a.'s brand rehabilitation and anything that has to do with justice for the
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victims of sandusky. >> earlier this month, an investigative report examining what happened at penn state university, former fbi director louis freeh said the university's leadership had allowed sandusky's abuse to continue. >> the most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of sandusky possible child victims by the most senior leaders and spend -- at penn state. they also fell to alert the board of trustees about the 1998 investigation or take any other action against mr. sandusky. none of them ever spoke to sandusky about his conduct. in short, nothing was done and sandusky was allowed to continue with impunity. >> that was a former fbi director louis freeh who led the investigation. dave zirin, let's take a step back and go through what actually happened, what sandusky
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did, what he did, when it was known, and when it was covered up. >> at this point, they're only is what we know. i still think there's a lot we don't know. what we know for sure is starting in 1998, jerry sandusky was asked to leave penn state football. he was given a $169,000 severance check to leave penn state. it was starting in in 1998 that joe paterno, the school president graham spanier, the head of campus security named gary schultz, and tim curley, the school athletic director, with your a process of covering up jerry sandusky's horrible serial child rape, and it's over the course of the next 14 -- and did so over the course of the next 14 years. the thing about the report by louis freeh that is so problematic -- is useful in many
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respects, but it goes a very hard after joe paterno, who is already dead. greenspan has been fired and shot and tim curley to our already fire. it does not look at the sitting board of trustees. i think they all should go. i think in the same look at the says they were derelict in their duty in terms of the leadership of the school. then there is sitting governor tom corbett. this is a big story in pennsylvania. it is not a big national story. tom corbett is currently on the board of trustees. >> the pennsylvania governor. >> yes, former state's attorney general of the state of pennsylvania. over two years, he had the information about jerry sandusky and based on who you believe, he either assigns one person to the case or his office responds and says, "that is an outrage. we assigned to people to the case." over two years, they did
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nothing. it was called the sslow walking indictment in pennsylvania. the reason why so many entities have inferred that why he did this was he was in the process of raising a lot of money for his gubernatorial run from penn state alumnus and from the board of jerry sandusky's charity, second mile. he held fundraisers without alerting the charity to reason as he was under investigation at the head of the board of directors of this incredibly large child charity service called "second mile." the idea tom corbett has not had to answer for these questions is very problematic to many people in pennsylvania. >> speaking to croupier, the pennsylvania governor tom corbett defended himself against accusations the three-year investigation should have been opened and concluded earlier. he launched a criminal investigation against sandusky while he was attorney general of
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pennsylvania. >> there's been criticism in the past of why i did not charge out at the very first report. that would be the young man from clinton county. i think it is clear now, especially if you talk to victim advocates and people that have done this kind of work, very hard and one on one case. but we present a series of victims and consistency in the testimony. not out to the consistency, the consistency in demonstrating the modus operandi mr. -- >> sandusky. >> thank you. i am trying to block the name out critics we all are. >> that this investigation was conducted in order to get someone off the street, not to lose the investigation, and we were successful. >> dave zirin, your response?
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>> my response is he needs to explain the $650,000. i get that number from espn. he raced from the board of directors of the foundation "second mile" while running for governor. my response is to ask one more investigators were not put on this incredibly important case. when you look at the degree to which penn state football -- this is part of the problem we h. so hegemonic financially, poultry, and the fact it looks like tom corbett did not want to go there even if it meant the fact that more children could be victimized over the course of his investigation. what is most problematic is tom corbett played a role in getting louis freeh to do this investigation, considers him a friend, vouched for him. the idea tom corbett has not had to answer himself under subpoena for why he did what he did, it
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is one of those things where, look who we are attacking, and 18-year-old scholarship athletes and making them pay the price of people in power have not had to be afflicted by the horrible crimes that took place. >> dave zirin, explain the significance of the "second mile" foundation and the significance of sandusky having to leave penn state, but giving the rights to their locker room where he was witnessed time and again raping boys. >> i am glad you mentioned that. this has to be part of the story. "second mile" started as a small children's charity for underprivileged children started by jerry sandusky. he wrote a book about why this jury was going to become his life's work after he left -- this charity was going to become his life's work after he left football. the book was called "touched," ironically.
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jerry sandusky was someone who then took this children's charity, second mile, and turned it into something, through his connections at penn state, that was is incredibly powerful entity, incredibly powerful and nonprofit that had its tentacles reach throughout the state of pennsylvania. it looks like the place where jerry sandusky chose his victims on the basis of how vulnerable they were, on how poor the economic situation was, on the basis of them not having other adults in their lives who would listen to them. reading to the court testimony as sandusky's trial took place and was convicted on 45 of 48 counts, 700 years behind bars, it could not have been more diabolical or disturbing about how these children were exploited over the course of so many years. second mile was also something that was supporting greatly by penn state university. it looks to be very much it was
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a condition of keeping what sandusky was doing quiet, was making sure the charity was funded and making sure it would kind of the kept quiet and all go away for the purposes of protecting the brand of the football program. i mean, this is evil at large. yet this horrible monster at the center, jerry sandusky, any of layers and layers of people in power who were scared about what his scandal would do to them, even of the collateral damage was small children. it is this horror show, what i think a lot of people are celebrating with the n.c.a.a. did. i would turn back to the naomi klein concept of "the shock doctrine" and wish to be worried about the power the n.c.a.a. is assuming and what should be a civil and criminal matter. >> let's go back to jerry sandusky. he spoke with bob costas in november. it was his first interview after he was charged. >> i am innocent of those charges.
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>> innocent? completely innocent and falsely accused in every aspect? >> well, i could say i have done some of those things. i have horsed around with kids. i have showered after workouts. i have hugged them and touched their leg without intent of sexual contact. >> there was jerry sandusky. final thoughts on this day, dave zirin? >> my final thoughts is, i mean, we have civil and criminal courts for a reason. we can all hope and pray that sandusky's victims get justice and they take as large a piece at a penn state university as $1.8 billion endowment as possible, but i do not trust the n.c.a.a. to me that adjudicating body for the simple reason their very existence ensures more coverups and more scandals in the future. >> dave zirin, thank you for
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being with us, sports columnist for "the nation" magazine, author of many books including, "bad sports: how owners are ruining the games we love." his most recent book with john carlos is th, "the john carlos story: the sports moment that changed the world." we will be back in a moment. ♪ [music break] ♪ [music break]
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>> this is "democracy now!,", the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. residents of anaheim, california -- home to disneyland -- are protesting after police shot and killed an unarmed man on saturday. he was the seventh to die in an officer-involved shooting this year. a witness told the associated press an unmarked police car approached several men around 4:00 p.m. as they stood in an alley. two officers say 25-year-old man
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well angel diaz was among those who ran when it ordered people to stop. a witness reported diaz had his back to the officers when he was shot in the buttocks. police then allegedly fired another bullet through his head as he fell to the ground diaz was not arms. two of the sisters demanded justice for their slain brother. >> once they shot him in the leg and he went down, because continued and shot him in the head. what is that about? my brother did not have a weapon on him at all. >> these cops need to know what they have done to us, to our family, especially my mom. we will speak for him and bring this to justice. >> after saturday's shooting, officers stayed in the area and were confronted by about 100 angry residents who allegedly threw bottles and rocks. witnesses said police responded by firing rubber bullets, bean bags, peppers bring the crowd.
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a number of people were wounded, including several children. video of the scene shows a police dog chasing people, ultimately biting a man on his arm as he shields his infant son. some victims described the attack to local station kcal-tv. >> they started shooting. i was with my son. >> this is a man who was on the floor. >> the just released a dog and i had my baby. the dog scratched me with his teeth. >> in a dramatic turn of events, on sunday, anaheim police shot dead another latino resident. officers said joel acevedo was suspected in a car robbery, but the circumstances around his death remain unconfirmed. meanwhile, two anaheim officers
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involved in saturday's shooting have been placed on paid leave. police chief john welter has apologized to victims bitten by the police dog. but he said the shooting of mauel angel diaz remains under investigation critics when police say, stop, don't move. the keep running and reaching for things, i cannot speculate what happened. >> we asked the anaheim police department to join us. they did not respond to our repeated requests. today, family members will speak at a city council member where the police chief will also be in attendance. a latino rights group has launched a national petition calling on the state attorney to conduct a full investigation into the incidents and others like it. for more we go to orange, california, not far from where the shootings took place, to speak with gustavo arellano, editor of the "oc weekly," an alternative newspaper covering the police shootings in anaheim, california. he also writes a nationally syndicated column called, "think
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like the mexican." and teresa smith has worked with families to call for police accountability in anaheim since 2009, when officers shot and killed her son cesar cruz, a 35- year-old father of five, in a walmart parking lot. she is forming a non-profit called lean -- long for some accountability network. we welcome you both. gustavo arellano, can you lay out the understandings of the -- your understandings of the events? >> all know is what the police are telling us and residents on the scene. and the quesadillas, police admit he was not armed. they say he ran from them and after that they will not say why it decided to shoot him. residents at the scene, we obtained video shot immediately after diaz was gunned down by the police officers, he is lying on the ground for three minutes. he is still alive.
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instead of caring for him to make sure he does not pass away, they seem to care more about pushing residents away from the scene, especially those taking video of the incident. and also blocking their cameras. at the end of the three-minute clip, they finally turned him over. you can see all the blood from his head. in the case of acevedo, they claim he was part of three people who were in a stolen car. the car crashed into a pole, i think, and they took off. they allege as a better shot at them, so they had to shoot back. -- they allege that acevedo shot at them, so they had to shoot back. a lot of times people were unarmed and the community is very upset. what is happening is there is a lot of angry residents, and rightfully so. >> what about the work in the
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community the police officers were offering to buy cellphone video? >> that is not surprising read nowadays -- before we had police officers acting with impunity. they could do whatever they wanted. juries were going to believe police officers over witnesses. in this day and age of instant media, everyone is a journalist, which is a wonderful thing. police officers that they need to confiscate as much video as possible, ultimately, probably going to be held culpable. north of anaheim in fullerton, last year, police officers killed a homeless man. the only reason that case when national is because there was a video of the scene by various witnesses, allowing them or for the police officers to be tried in a court of law. of course police officers will be offering people money. it is in their best interests. but there is a lot of testimony
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that is trickling out the will counter whatever the near to the police department has for the rest of the country. >> gustavo arellano, alan to play part of a video taken by local activist that shows children who witnessed saturday's protest. this was the protest after the police killed manuel diaz. the kids describe what happened after police opened fire with rubber bullets, bean bags, pepper spray. starting with a young girl named jocelyn. >> the police grabbed a woman and started shooting. i ran i felt something burning my feet, my leg. i saw something, a mark on my leg. it hurt a lot. >> was there a lot of kids?
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>> yes. >> did you see babies, too? >> two babies. >> the police and released a dog and it would chase people around. >> the dog chased people around. g, the video of this is horrifying, this dog biting at a father's arm on the ground as he is protecting his intent in his other arm. >> that is not the worst of it. you see police officers pointing guns at families, going to shoot rubber bullets. you see terrified parents shielding their children, lying on the ground police officers are barking orders. any of his police dog that just runs off. the police department is saying it is an accident, that somehow the dog escaped their secure holding on the car and went around, went on a rampage. that alone -- not just what
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seems to be an injustice by shooting, any of the heavy- handed tactics of the anaheim police department. instead of trying to calm down the scene -- of course people are one to be upset. people may have been throwing bottles and rocks, ok, go after them read do not go after the entire community. that is just a black eye on the police department read i think it will be far more hard to justify than any of the shootings they have done the past couple of days. >> to be clear, two latino men were killed this weekend. that is when this protest took place, after manuel diaz. the police said the protesters with the pepper spray the dog was and the spread of one to play a part of a report from an orange county register about the second shooting on sunday. this is a description of incident by the police chief. >> we have some gang detectives working the area on routine
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patrol when they saw a car that was driving slow in the neighborhood. they believed the recognized summit in the car, attempted to make a stop, the vehicle left unfilled to yield to the patrol cops and they chased it through the neighborhood where it finally jumped a curb, lost control, appeared to have ended up in a field. as the officers got out of their vehicles, the suspects jumped out of a stolen vehicle and took off running. there were two males and females. they split out. one officer followed one of the mails about half a block from here. at that time, the male turned and fired a handgun at him, this and, fortunately, ms. the officer. the officer returned fire and the suspect was shot at the scene. he does have a gun lying right beside him and was pronounced dead at the scene. >> that was the police chief
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john welter. gustavo arellano? >> that is the same neighborhood were earlier this year in march, mr. hernandez was shot and killed by the police. the story seems to be the same in that case as well. police say they saw some suspicious men, someone they recognized -- always, of course -- so they gave chase. according to them, hernandez was carrying a shotgun and tossed it over the wall, contending to run. the police shot him on the scene. in march, the police chief went out and did a community meeting. the community was already outraged. they're saying, all you seem to care about is when you think we're doing something suspicious. when we call you for actual crimes being committed, instead of the supposed crime of looking suspicious, you ignore as. this case happened. blocks away. this all happened on sunday night. i think what is going happen in terms of community response,
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will happen tonight at the city council meeting. there'll be a protest earlier, some of the mothers whose children were killed by police officers. again, things are going to happen with police departments. if someone tries to shoot at you, the police officers by law have every right to shoot back. but when the of eight cases in the span of a year and many more in the past couple of years, you have to ask, "what on earth is going on in the anaheim police department?" >> in the land of disneyland. >> exactly. i was born and raised in an angry at i always find it fascinating how the rest of the country, all they carry about is a hockey team, the angels, disneyland. that is what the city council of anaheim once through the the what the country to know the facade of what is and a hybrid they do not want to know the million -- of what anaheim is.
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they do not want the rest of the world to know the infrastructure is crumbling, the city council members and city staff don't give a damn about the city. the aclu is suing to try it at 40 elections. anaheim is over majority latinos, yet there is no latino on the city council. it is not so easy to plan the city leadership -- i've been in the city leadership for all of this. >> teresa smith is sitting there with you. you work with families to call for police accountability in anaheim since 2009. officers shot and killed your son, cesar cruz, 35-year-old father of five a walmart parking lot. can you tell us what happened and what you have done since in his three years? >> are you referring to the incident with my son? >> yes.
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>> all we know is they received a phone call there was a parolee with a gun. about seven police followed him into walmart. he pulled into walmart because he knew there were cameras. he had been harassed on several occasions by police because of his appearance. anyway, he pulled into walmart -- >> is the parents being, bald and tattoos? >> and latino. >> i did have a witness that talk to me after this that said the police had been following him. my son stopped. they jump out of their cars. five officers shot at him read he was fought --shot at about 15 times breivik to blitzer the head, and one to the heart. i know for sure because i saw
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his body. he was shot about 15 times. since then, i've been protesting. i did it for a long time with just friends and family members. that dwindled away and was just me and my son, me and my daughters. then other people saw me out there. other families would stop and ask what i was doing. i would tell them. word of mouth got out i was out there, so other families started joining me. the same thing happened to them, where their loved one had been shot by the police. they were afraid to protest because of retaliation. every time somebody gets shot -- i have a huge family and i know lots of people. every time somebody gets shot, they usually call me because they know i am out there and try to do something to get accountability. i am working on starting a
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nonprofit called law enforcement accountability network. that would consist of having a committee -- well, community members to be a mediator between communities and law enforcement. >> let me interrupt and ask, was there an investigation done into the killing of your son in the walmart parking lot by police? >> yes, there was. >> what did they find? >> it was investigated by an investigative returninattorney, evidently, he said it was justifiable. that they were justified in killing my son. unfortunately, i did not find out about this until probably a year-and-a-half after my son passed away. i found that out through a journalist. >> investigation was not made public?
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>> they did not tell me anything. they did not tell me or my attorney. then we were told they did not have to tell us. i mean, it is very callous. when they shot my son and i get a phone call, they make me wait a hospital. first i went to the scene. they said, he is at the hospital. i am thinking he is still alive. i rushed to the hospital. they make me wait for three hours before they tell me he is dead. then they tell me he is that even in the hospital, but he is at the morgue. they wanted to question me. i don't know about white. i refuse to answer their questions. >> your son had five children, was married and had five kids. >> yes, he did. >> your reaction this week and when you heard about the police killings of two other latino
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men? thought is for the mothers. it is very painful. it is a painful, painful thing to hear your child has been killed. for the families, i offer my help if i can help them in any way. i know the grief. not everybody knows how to bury someone, so i have offered my services that way because i've been doing that for a long time rid i offer whatever i can to them because i have been there, done that. >> the second man who was killed on sunday night, you knew him? >> yes, i know his mother. >> who is she? >> who was she or her son chris trucks who was he question >> she called me yesterday for some
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help. like a said, i have not seen her. she was best friends with my sister growing up. my son has kept in contact with her over the years. people know i am working at trying to make a change, so this is why i usually get so many phone calls. >> the young man killed, joel acevedo, gustavo arellano, your comments on the investigations, the city council member -- meaning that will be taking place, the marches to disneyland? >> it is about time read this city has been festering for years because of the city leadership not really caring about the residents. in orange county, the rest of the country thinks we are conservative yahoos. progressivesmall caress o movement did i think you'll see a community at large, usually a
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free to speak out, really joined up and demand justice. -- there's a small progressive movement. i think you'll see a community at large, usually afraid to speak out, really joined up and demand justice. you get all this money from disneyland and other appropriations, yet it never trickles down to the residents in the city. it is time for a change from the top all the way through. >> thank you both for being with us. we will continue to follow this story, gustavo arellano editor of an alternative weekly newspaper covering the shootings in anaheim, also writes "think like a mexican." teresa smith, thank you for being with us. her son was killed by police in 2009 in and hundred her son, cesar cruz, 35-year-old father of five, killed and walmart parking lot. she is forming a non-profit called lean -- law-enforcement accountability network.
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when we come back, an update on the kenneth chamberlain case here in new york. a police officer who was part of the unit that was involved in the killings of his older african-american gentleman in white plains, new york, has just been suspended without pay. stay with us. ♪ [music break] ♪ [music break]
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>> this is "democracy now!,", the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. as a return to is the police killing of kenneth chamberlain, the 68-old african-american marine veteran who was shot dead inside his own home in white plains, new york last of them are. the police were called to his apartment this past november after he accidentally set off his lifeaid medical alert pendant. "democracy now!" has reported extensively on the case. the police came to his home because lifeaid called them. one of the officers dispatched to the scene, officer stephen hart, has been suspended without
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pay. he was presented with the charges friday and has until july 30 to respond read the public safety to mr. david chong gnostic the specific charges against hart, who's also a defendant in a separate federal police brutality lawsuit stemming from earlier incidents. if found guilty, chong says hart faces penalties ranging from a reprimand to dismissal from the police force. in the chamberlain case, officer hart is accused of hurling a racial slur chamberlain during the incident. listen carefully to the audio released by the white plains police department from the morning kenneth chamberlain was shot dead by police officers. you can hear officer steven hart banging on the window and using the n word as to enter the repeatedly says, "down to that" and "i'm ok." >> done to that officer. do not do that.
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i'm telling you, i'm ok. i'm telling you i'm ok. ok.telling you i'm >> that was officer stephen hart and kenneth chamberlain, sr.. the incident occurred november 19, 2011 when police arrived at chamberlain apartment telling officers was ok, but refused to let them inside his apartment read the police shot him with -- they bang down his door, shot in the taser is but he was shot dead. chamberlains family filed a $21 million civil rights lawsuit against many. the incident was less than two months after a westchester grand jury decided not to indict police officer anthony carelli for the fatal shooting. we attempted to reach the white plains public sector mr. chung but he did not in italy responded we're joined by mayo bartlett .
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welcome back to "democracy now!" \ the significance, the first officer involved in the police killing of kenneth chamberlain to be suspended without pay? the dea's of is that identified him as using the n word? >> yes. we believe it was used at least two times but he is denying he is the one who did it. he is saying -- he is not the nine the work itself is used, but he is saying he is not the one who used it. we do not know is a voice, but we do know the words were used. >> do you know this is the reason he has been suspended without pay? >> we don't know. they won't tell us. it is logical thing that has to be one of the reasons contemplated. it was in connection with the
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mayor's promise there would be an answer and disciplinary action taken inappropriate. >> is the justice department investigating? >> they are. >> human that a grand jury has refused to bring charges? the main police officer who shot him dead has not been suspended? >> not yet. >> the significant part of stephen hart for you? >> we believe he treated mr. chamberlain, the police department as a whole, it treated mr. chamberlain in ways that should not have happened. there were suggestions there were a professional and conduct. >> we will leave it there. we will continue to follow this case. you can see all of our coverage on the kenneth chamberlain case and democracy now! is looking for feedback from people who appreciate the closed captioning. e-mail your comments to or mail them to democracy now! p.o. box 693 new york, new york 10013. [captioning made possible by
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